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T Ashok

T Ashok

Founder
STAG Software

Short Description

Starting my career in software support helped me understand customers and their expectations. Then I became a developer, architect, manager and then become a tester and then founded STAG Software in the year 2000.

The Journey: Early Days to How I Got Here

Starting my career in software support helped me understand customers and their expectations. Then I became a developer, architect, manager and then become a tester and then founded STAG Software in the year 2000.

Work and Role: Then and Now

As CEO, the key focus is on growing the business, hence it is a multi faceted focus including finance, sales and marketing. In addition to this, as architect of HBT methodology, I am deeply involved in improving and simplifying and evangelizing HBT.

Two Years Down the Line
Winning bigger deals and making a larger impact to customers and the test community.
Changing Days: Lessons Learnt
Twenty six years ago is a pretty long time! Quite a few changes... More thinking before doing then. Now it is quick doing and backtracking.
Depth of knowledge was key then, it seems to be breadth now. Intellect was more important than tools then. Evolution is rapid now, great!
More things to do, more exciting things to do now.

Trends to Watch Out For
Over the last decade and half, I have totally focused on test technologies and methodologies only, which I feel have a significant scope of improvement.
My Advice If You are Starting Out
Be curious. Do not straightjacket anything. Do not be superficial. Be open, always. There is no right, there is no wrong, it is time-dependent. Enjoy every day, have fun.
Books/ Websites I Recommend
I am sure the answers are already known to you thanks to Google!
I have always been inspired by learnings from disciplines other that QA.. For example ted.com is a site that has some amazing stuff.
It is just not knowing more in the area of testing, it is necessary to know about other allied or even disconnected disciplines to expand thinking and innovate and stay inspired.

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